Walking down the street today I nearly dropped my iPhone. My heart jumped and I held on more tightly in the frosted snow.
When I first got my two years prayed for iPhone, I held on tightly all the time, but now, after the passing of time, I let my guard down and nearly lost it-the much needed tool for the Kingdom had somehow become less important.
As I waited for the light to change, I was convicted, how many times do I do that to God? How many gifts has He given me to treasure that have almost been tossed away? How many desperately sought after words of God have I allowed the enemy to tarnish or steal away, instead of guarding with everything in me? How many visions and dreams stay just that? Ethereal and unrealised, when they were meant to become reality by the operation of the gift of faith and the physical actions of obedience?
Jesus talked about this when He admonished His disciples, “Don’t cast your pearls before swine.” The things of God are meant to be treasured and opened in secret places, far from oppression and harm, with careful instructions on how to open and use them, how to take care of them.
Hezekiah ushered in the destruction of his kingdom because he pridefully displayed his riches in front of his “friends,” the enemy. You see, his treasure wasn’t his, it was God’s. So many times we do the same with God’s treasures, instead of seeking the Lord for specific guidance, we open up shop, so to say, exposing our spiritual wealth as easy spoil to doubt and unbelief. God forgive us.
Help us to let go of the things of this life so we can grasp life eternal with everything in us, to seize the things of God without turning back, for whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:25-26 NASB. Let us hunger for the greater calling of eternity, seeking the highest reward of well done, knowing that …every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. Matthew 19:29 KJV